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The Role of the Financial Sector in Deforestation-Free Supply Chains

If we are to meet the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ending tropical deforestation will be imperative. But to achieve this, substantive transformation of the supply chains of four major commodities — beef, soy, palm oil and pulp and paper — is required. These are increasingly sourced from tropical forest regions, where their production has contributed catastrophically to deforestation.

The production of these commodities in tropical forest countries is worth roughly US$ 180 billion annually, and transforming their supply chains to full sustainability is an investment opportunity to the tune of roughly $200 billion a year, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum and Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, an opportunity that the financial sector can embrace by scaling up emerging models of deforestation-free finance.

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